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The Museum of Flamenco Dance was established by renowned local bailaora Cristina Hoyos, hailed as the Queen of Flamenco, and occupies a four-story 18th-century casa-palacio in the Barrio Antiguo. The museum covers the Asian and Caribbean origins of the dance, the different styles (from the joyful alegría, danced at Spanish fiestas, to the melancholy farruca), and its development since the 19th century. Although subjective and a little narcissistic (Hoyos is the ubiquitous star as well as owner), the museum is hugely interesting for anyone looking to learn more about flamenco; the massive wall-to-wall screens showing life-size dancers give you a sense of an actual performance. Also on show are costumes and accessories, such as castanets and hair decorations, photographs, and flamenco-themed art exhibitions. Watch the professionals in action at one of the nightly shows in the charming ground-floor patio, and if you get a taste for it, there are classes as well.—Fiona Flores Watson
Open daily 9 am to 6 pm, November through March; 9 am to 7 pm, April through October. Flamenco shows Mondays through Thursdays 7 to 7:45 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 7 to 8 pm.
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